153 drivers arrested
A TOTAL of 153 drivers were arrested following a nationwide blitz on drink driving over the Easter weekend.
Gardai also revealed that almost 10,000 drivers have been found driving while holding a mobile phone this year. Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey, from the National Traffic Bureau, warned that the force will continue to target those who put themselves and others at risk.
€6M PIER WORK
WORK will start this week on a new long-awaited €6m development of the pier at Doolin in Co Clare in a bid to boost tourism.
Clare County Council signed the contract for the project, with plans to have it completed by next summer.
The successful tenderer, L&M Keating, has already started to move equipment on to the site.
THIEVES' CLEAN ESCAPE
BURGLARS made a clean getaway from a house early yesterday with a washing machine.
Gardai were investigating after two men entered a shed at the rear of a house in Central Avenue, Lisduggan, Waterford, at about 2.10am. The men made away with the washing machine. Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterford garda station on 051305300.
RECEIVER FOR HOSPITAL
PATIENTS in a private hospital in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, will not be affected following the appointment of a receiver to the premises. And existing staff will continue to be employed under new arrangements.
Based in Ballinderry, Mullingar, for over 40 years, St Francis Private Hospital has 92 beds and four operating theatres. Following a request from the company's directors, Kieran Wallace of KPMG has been appointed receiver and manager at the hospital.
WOLF OF BALLSBRIDGE
The Wolf of Wall Street is coming to Ballsbridge.
Jordan Belfort, the inspiration behind the Oscar-nominated film, will present a live sales seminar, 'The Truth Behind The Success Of the Real Life Wolf of Wall Street', in Dublin's RDS on May 27. The event is being organised by website CollegeTimes.com, with early bird tickets (€50) going on sale this Friday at 9am.
€537K FESTIVALS FUND
The Department of Tourism has allocated €537,000 in funding to support 175 local festivals in 2014 to boost the economy and encourage tourism.